Archive for Thursday, August 19, 2010

Letter to the editor

August 19, 2010

To the editor:

Ever since 9/11 America has been trying to engage in a battle of ideas against radical Islam. America can’t really get involved in a debate within Islam, so that has meant trying to find and support moderate Muslims around the world. This strategy has been supported by liberals and conservatives alike. Both the Bush and Obama administrations have supported worldwide efforts to support moderate Muslims who were trying to rescue their religion from extremists. This has meant funding mosques, Islamic centers and community leaders that share a peaceful and pluralistic vision of Islam. However, with the opportunity to continue to promote these ideas in our own back yard, we hesitate. This is why I am glad to see that Obama supports efforts to build an Islamic community center two blocks from Ground Zero in New York City.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man who is leading the effort to build the Islamic community center known as Park51, is a moderate Muslim clergyman. The Times reported that he wants the center to help “bridge and heal a divide” among Muslims and other religious groups. He speaks of the need for Muslims to live peacefully with all other religions. He emphasizes the commonalities among all faiths and advocates equal rights for women.

When we tell the world, “Yes, we are a country that will even tolerate a mosque near the site of 9/11,” we send a powerful message of inclusion and openness. You never know who is hearing that message

Chris Orlando



thelongestnameonthespeakoutttt 11 years, 10 months ago

Missouri Senate candidate Robin Carnahan (democrat) stated it best in the kcstar.

“As a general matter, if what you’re trying to do is bring people together to find common ground when something is creating this much controversy, it’s sort of hard to see how this is bringing people together to find common ground.

“If your goal is to do that and bring all faiths together it might make sense to put this someplace else because it’s clearly become divisive.

“Again, it’s not a decision that I am going to make for those folks, but it’s something I hope they will seriously consider as they decide how to move forward.”


thunder 11 years, 10 months ago

This isn't a freedom of religion issue, and I'm tired of the press making it out to be. It's an issue of another Victory Mosque being placed at the site of vanquished Western monuments. Study your history. This is not about bridging Christian and Muslim groups in the U.S. This group did not even care to listen to Governor Patterson's offer for another location. Why is it so critical to be at this site? Rather than listen to me or anyone else, study this man's background for yourselves. Additionally, the Times is a skewed rag and will do anything to support this venture. Do moderate Muslims truly think Hamas is not a terrorist group? This man doesn't. The additional fact that taxpayer money is being spent to send this man to the Middle East is just as questionable.


BaldwinDad 11 years, 10 months ago

I agree with both side to some extent, I personally don't like the idea that my $$ is being spent on any type of community center in NY, much less sending some guy I have no say in what message he is spreading around the world to spread it. However he was supported by both the Bush and the Obama Administration. That alone should cause most people to realize he is sketchy person at best.

I also don't like how the Muslim Religion and Islam is made to be the aggressor here, last I checked they have never invaded anyone in the Western hemisphere, yet the American Govt. has invaded and supported the invasion of several Muslim countries resulting in the deaths of millions. So yes I would recommend you read your history. It will show America and the Western world in General as the invaders of the Middle East for thousands of years.

Here is a decent article on the facts about the Mosque.

"A Few Facts About The Ground Zero Mosque…And The 9/11 Memorial Planned Inside It"

This Article talks about Ground Zero and it's value to the State, while I might not agree with some of what they say, it it does make interesting points.

"Ground Zero Is an Advertisement"


thunder 11 years, 10 months ago

History tells us Muslim extremists flew planes into US monuments (WTC symbol of American capitalism) and that Muslims worldwide danced in the streets. No, they were not from a single country as Japan was when Pearl Harbor was launched, but the agression was just as ruthless. Muslim extremists do not speak for all of Islam, just as any other extremist does not speak for a religion. Again, the intent here is not to provide education and understanding - it's to build a symbol of victory. If it means so much to this Imam then he should not have an issue building it elsewhere.


BaldwinDad 11 years, 10 months ago

Thunder, Seriously where do you get this build a symbol of victory?? I mean really one could say the same of our HUGE military bases built in the lands we illegally invaded all over the middle east.

Yes, we are told that the men that attacked us on 9/11 were all Muslim Extremists. Your also right that the news focused in on and reported that some people in foreign lands danced in the street that America was attacked by these extremists. But does that mean all of those of the Muslim faith are bad?? NO, the same logic could used to justify that the banning of the YMCA that is also to be built in that Community Center with the Mosque. I mean we know for certain that the 12 attackers on 9/11 were Men and since Men attacked it then the YMCA should not allowed to be built there, perhaps a YWCA would be better.

Also in regards to what history tell us, people in this country keep forgetting we are the aggressor here we are the ones that for the last 50 years have systematically insinuated ourselves into the affairs of the middle east, whether it be with our blind support of Israel, the overthrow of Iran's democratically elected Govt in the 50's, our support of Iraq's invasion of Iran in the 80's or the starving of hundred's of thousands of people with our embargoes in the 90's. Whether these events would have occurred with out our help is not the issue, what is the issue is that since we participated or in some case orchestrated these events we have blood on our hands and lots of it.

Our Govt has been doing things in the name of "Freedom" in the middle east that has nothing at all to do with our protection, but with the protection of Foreign Business interests. I do suggest you really read your history and not the history you get from the main stream media or demagogues. Yes, history tells us allot and really what it tells us is we should be ashamed of what we have allowed our Govt to do in our name.


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